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North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure

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To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your North Pole voyage is one that you won’t soon forget. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon ride at the top of the world make this Arctic adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 : Murmansk, Russia | Embark
Days 3-6 : Barents Sea
Day 7 : 90° North | North Pole
Day 8 : Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Days 9-10 : Franz Josef Land
Days 11-12 : Southbound at Sea
Day 13 : Murmansk, Russia | Disembark | Helsinki, Finland
Day 14 : Helsinki, Finland

Highlights

  • Take a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the unique Arctic
  • Celebrate as your reach the most northern point on earth, the North Pole
  • Search for polar bears hunting seals on the sea ice
  • Explore historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions

Ship

50 Years of Victory

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Travelers standing next to the North Pole. Image of the helicopter on the 50 Years of Victory. Polar Bears Walk the polar ice at the North Pole The viewing deck of the 50 Years of Victory.

Day 1 Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital.

Day 2 Murmansk, Russia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Helsinki, take your charter flight to Murmansk, Russia to join 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Day 3-6 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Set the course for the North Pole. Please note that sailing conditions on the Arctic Ocean are changeable, so the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Watching Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is a sight you never forget. Join naturalists and other experts in the lecture room for presentations on the wildlife, geology, history and other aspects of the Arctic. There are also briefings on the proper use of the helicopter and conservation guidelines for visiting this remote corner of the world. In between, do not miss the opportunity to watch for abundant Arctic seabirds and whales as you sail north.

Enter the polar ice pack and continue north through a wonderful kaleidoscope of ice, snow and water. It is impossible not to marvel as the 50 years of Victory surges forward through thick ice, leaving huge blocks in its wake. Resident experts continue their outstanding slide-illustrated presentations on all aspects of the Far North and keep watch for a wealth of Arctic wildlife along the way. The ship’s open bridge policy enablesyou to watch navigation and icebreaking operations around the clock. Ice reconnaissance flights, together with ice charts received via satellite, help your experienced captain and officers guide the 50 years of Victory steadily northwards. There are even opportunities to board the helicopter for fantastic aerial views of the ship crashing its way towards the pole – and to land briefly on the ice. Also plan to stop the ship temporarily, put down the gangway, and invite everyone down for an invigorating walkabout.

Day 7 90° North | North Pole

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, wave a flag, enjoy your moment! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. *Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependant).

Day 8 Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mission accomplished, begin your adventurous journey south. The exact route depends on local conditions. This is another opportunity to enjoy the power of the icebreaker and the spectacular and ever-changing scenery. Look out for Arctic wildlife and, in particular, your chances of encountering polar bears on the return journey are good. Join naturalists and other experts in the lecture room for more presentations on the wildlife, geology, history and other aspects of this magnificent wilderness – and take the opportunity to visit the ship’s control center and engine room.

Day 9-10 Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enter a remote world of dense pack ice, towering volcanic mountains, icebergs, and glaciers at Franz Josef Land. The most northerly point in Russia, this archipelago of 191 islands stretches 375 kilometers (233 miles) from west to east and 234 kilometers (145 miles) from north to south. Undiscovered until 1873, it is still relatively unexplored. Here explore Cape Flora, and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs explore remote seabird rookeries.

It is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here visit historic places like Cape Flora on Northbrook Island, home to buildings and ruins from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. You may see walrus and polar bears on these islands, which you can explore on Zodiac excursions.

Day 11-12 Southbound at Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff is on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.

Day 13 Murmansk, Russia | Disembark | Helsinki, Finland

Returning to Russia's most northerly city, it is time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 years of Victory. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.

Day 14 Helsinki, Finland

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, your official Arctic journey comes to an end. You are encouraged to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia), and St. Petersburg prior to your continued journey home.

50 Years of Victory

Helsinki

Per person starting at
$29,995
Standard Cabin.
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Standard Twin
One lower berth, one sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows. (151 FT²) Bed size - 78in x 32in
Mini Suite.
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Mini-Suite
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, refrigerator, opening windows. (237 FT²) Bed size – 78in x 32in to 35in
Standard Suite.
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Suite
Bedroom with sitting area and sofa bed, Private bathroom with bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV, DVD player, coffeemaker, exterior window opens. (280 FT²) Bed size - 78in x 39in
50 Years of Victory's Victory Suite.
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Victory Suite
Spacious bedroom with single bed and sitting room with sofa bed, private bathroom with shower, refrigerator, TV, DVD player, coffeemaker, exterior window opens. (301 FT²) Bed size – 78in x 48in
50 Years of Victory's Arktika Suite.
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Arktika Suite
Spacious bedroom with single bed and sitting room with sofa bed, private bathroom with shower, refrigerator, TV, DVD player, coffeemaker, exterior window opens. (355 FT²) Bed size – 78in x 32in to 39in

Notes

Single Travelers: OPTIONAL single supplement of 70% for Standard Twins. There is no single supplement for travelers willing to share.

Mandatory medical insurance: Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation.

Important Reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

*Russian visas are required for tourists of most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details.

This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package:
• Pre and post-expedition hotel night in Helsinki and breakfast
• Return flight from Helsinki to Murmansk
• Transfer to and from ship
• Transfer between the airport and hotel in Helsinki
2018- Package cost: $1,895 per person
2019- Package cost: $1,995 per person

Your cruise fare includes:
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Gratuities for hotel and expedition staff
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Group helicopter flightseeing as part of the daily program
  • Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
Rates do not include:
  • Mandatory Transfer Package*
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance —strongly recommended
  • Transfer from hotel to airport on final day
  • Excess baggage charges on international flights
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Hot air ballooning at the North Pole
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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